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of recommendations from joe biden. it includes legislative proposals and by himself using his presidential powers without the congress. he put them in charge of the gun violence task force after the massacre in newtown. one month from today a mab killed 26 people including 20 first graders. the president called on lawmakers to examine their own conscience before voting on any new bills. oo if in fact everybody across lines were saddened as i was by what happened in newtown we are going to have to vote based on what we think is best. we have to come up with answers that set politics aside. >> leaders of the national rifle association says they have enough to block the assault weapons ban. he may take steps on his own. shannon green is live at the white house. what could the president do without the congress? >> he can always issue executive orders and give guidance to federal agencies. he can tell them about ways he would like to see stricter enforcement of laws things that deal with background checks and those kinds of things. he said anybody who is suggesting a government gun grab is all wrong.
joe biden gave a list of recommendations from his task force. officials on capitol hill say the president is considering 19 steps he could take on his own without anything from congress. wendell goler at the white house tonight. what do we know about the president's plan, wendell? >> shep, we expect it will include a combination of things, proposals for congress to take up and things as you say the administration can do on its own. the latter include cracking down on people who lie on background checks, tougher penalties for gun traffickers and better access to state and mental health records. the president will also propose things that will require congressional approval including ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines and universal background checks for gun buyers. all of these are long shots and aides say even those things wouldn't completely solve the problem. >> this is something that we have to address as a nation. it's not something you can do alone through executive action. it's not something you can do with even a series of laws that congress might pass.
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